Neither winner of the 2003 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards is made in North America. The Mini Cooper/Cooper S, a brand returned to the U.S. market this year by owner BMW AG, wins the 2003 North American Car of the Year award from an international group of automotive journalists at this week’s Detroit auto show. And Volvo Cars’ XC90 SUV fights off three other finalists to win as the North American Truck of the Year. The 2003 wins are the first for either marque. ...

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